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When You're About to Eat for Two

Learn What to Eat Now
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietician

Nutrition Know-How
Thinking about pregnancy? Whether you're aiming to get pregnant next year or in the next few months, you should be getting ready now. This is the time to take inventory of your nutrition habits and make necessary changes that will promote good health for you and a healthy environment for your baby.

Do you drink a lot of coffee? Skip meals? Do you avoid food groups like fruits? Are you on the low carb craze? Using the following guide will help in evaluating your food choices. Are you getting the recommended number of servings from each group? This guide shows a range of daily servings for each food group. The number of servings that is right for you depends on how many calories you need. Calories are a way to measure energy. The energy your body needs depends on your age, sex, body structure, and activity level.

If you have lower calorie needs, select the lower number of servings. If you have higher calorie needs, select the higher number of servings. The amount of food that is considered to be one serving is also listed. If you eat a larger portion, it is more than one serving. For example, a hamburger bun is 2 servings. If you have a combination food like pizza, estimate the food groups that it represents - bread group (crust), milk group (cheese), vegetable group (tomato sauce).

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"You can use the Babyfit meal plans for a week to get an idea of selection and portion sizes. You can also check out this article - Too Busy to Eat Health? and Eat Healthy on a Budget for ideas while using the food tracker to help you monitor." -- TONKA_14
"This is going to be our fourth child and I am trying to keep my weight gain at the normal 20-25 pounds. I'm 5'3" and petite. I'm finding it difficult to eat right. I'm either eating the wrong things or not enough. I really need help getting a balance of the right calories. Do you recommend a menu plan that your clients can work from? I walk 4-5 days a week for 40 minutes." -- DMSTOROEBABY
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About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
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